Nature’s Past Episode 74: Colonial Legacies of Wood Buffalo National Park

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Episode 74: Colonial Legacies of Wood Buffalo National Park

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In 2019, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation commissioned research consultants from Willow Springs Strategic Solutions to collaborate on an extensive research report to document the history of Wood Buffalo National Park and its effects on generations of Dene people in the region. Using archival and oral history research, Willow Springs published this report in the summer of 2021 and later published a series of blog posts on the subject with the Network in Canadian History and Environment.

This research is part of the work of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s efforts to seek redress for the violence and intergeneration harms that resulted from the imposition of the park on the lands and resources of the First Nation. ACFN is in discussion with Environment and Climate Change Canada and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs to seek a formal public apology and reparations for these harms.

This episode features an interview with Sabina Trimble from Willow Springs consultancy.

Guests:

Sabina Trimble

Production Assistance:

Tim Li

Works Cited:

“A History of Wood Buffalo National Park’s Relations with the Denésuliné” Executive Summary

“A History of Wood Buffalo National Park’s Relations with the Denésuliné” Final Report

Blog series on Wood Buffalo Report

Music Credits:

“Blissful Sky” by Audiosphere

“Sunrise In Your Eyes” by Scandinavianz

Photo Credit:

Wood Buffalo National Park (N.W.T.), 1967. Source: Clyde Herrington, Library and Archives Canada, R216, RG10, Box number: 3677.

Citation:

Kheraj, Sean. “Episode 74: Colonial Legacies of Wood Buffalo National Park” Nature’s Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast. 28 March 2022.

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Sean Kheraj is the director of the Network in Canadian History and Environment. He's an associate professor in the Department of History and vice dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University. His research and teaching focuses on environmental and Canadian history. He is also the host and producer of Nature's Past, NiCHE's audio podcast series and he blogs at http://seankheraj.com.

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